University of Alberta

Curator, U of A Art Collection

Museums & Collections Services

Competition No.  -    A106634268
Closing Date  -    Dec 17, 2017

The University of Alberta Museums seeks a dynamic, creative, and team-oriented Curator for the University of Alberta Art Collection.  Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services/University of Alberta Museums, the Curator is accountable for collection development and associated independent curatorial research including establishing a greater international profile for the collection; facilitating new acquisitions; ensuring physical and intellectual access to the UAAC; contributing to collection policy and procedure development; maintaining professional museum practices; and contributing to fund and resource development.  The Curator works as part of the Art Team which includes the Executive Director, the Curator (Mactaggart Art Collection), the Assistant Curator (UAAC), the Curatorial Assistant and the Collections Assistant.  The Art Team works collaboratively with other members of the MACS Team and relevant academic units (e.g., Art and Design, East Asian Studies, Human Ecology, Anthropology and Native Studies).

The University of Alberta Art Collection (UAAC) is one of 29 collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums, an award-winning model for teaching, research, discovery learning, and access in post-secondary institutions. The UAAC consists of more than 10,000 objects and includes paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures by Canadian and international artists, both historical and contemporary, and the Mactaggart Art Collection of textiles, costumes, paintings, handscrolls, albums, engravings, and other artifacts from ancient and modern East Asia. Building on strengths in Inuit prints, strategic directions for the UAAC include a focus on indigenous art and artists.  For further information on the Art Collection, go to

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton, Alberta with a reputation for excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities across diverse areas of impact in science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and medicine. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on fives campuses. With a metropolitan area population of approximately one million people, Edmonton is home to numerous arts and music festivals and boasts the largest system of urban parkland in North America. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

The Curator will be engaged in the following activities:

  • Developing research program goals related to the Collection that ensure scholarly documentation, advance scholarship, ensure the collections’ records are accurate and reflect current scholarship, and broaden access to the Art Collection
  • Conducting independent research that creates new knowledge resulting in collection-based exhibits, publications, web-based projects and targeted public programs to engage various publics with the collections and in the Curator’s area of expertise
  • Ensuring prescribed museum standards of care, handling, movement and storage of objects in this Collection are followed
  • Serving as an ambassador for the University of Alberta Museums/ Art Collection by establishing and fostering relationships within the field of Art internationally
  • Teaching and/or delivering workshops, lectures and seminars as required for University of Alberta students, peers, the general public, etc.
  • Supervision of Art Team members
  • Contributing to the development of the volunteer and student internship program

 To be successful in this position, the incumbent will have the following education and experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Art history (e.g., contemporary art, Indigenous art, etc.), studio art or a related discipline; PhD preferred
  • Evidence of curatorial achievement including demonstrated success in collections research and publication, exhibition planning and execution, and collections management
  • Ability and experience to develop and conduct independent research projects
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of campus personnel, students and volunteers internally, general public, potential Collection donors, and related museum/gallery professionals externally
  • Overall and current knowledge of museum standards related to collections management, care, handling and exhibition of Collections objects
  • Information management skills including use of collections management systems and word processing
  • Written and verbal presentation skills
  • Supervisory skills related to paid staff and volunteers
  • Physical ability knowledge and skills required to organize the Collection
  • Core competencies include:  achievement orientation, analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, flexibility, impact and influence, organizational awareness, planning and initiative, self-confidence, self-development, sense of urgency, and team leadership and team cooperation

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary range of $66,265 to $110,441.

Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names of three references to the attention of Janine Andrews, Executive Director, University of Alberta Museums by December 17, 2017.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.